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A comparison of traditional Kaurna kinship patterns with those used in contemporary Nunga English

Australian Aboriginal Studies
Issue 1 (2012)

Abstract: The Kaurna people were the first South Australians to bear the brunt of the effects of colonisation. Even as early as 1850, the Kaurna language was said to be 'extinct', though it was probably still spoken as an everyday language up until the 1860s. Ivaritji, the so-called 'last speaker', died in 1929. Nonetheless, we still see enduring patterns of kinship categorisation and associated behaviours that clearly have their roots in Kaurna culture, or at least local Aboriginal cultures, persisting to the present day. This paper sets out to document those enduring patterns, as well as the re-introduction of kin terms and accompanying knowledge of Kaurna kinship associated with Kaurna language reclamation efforts. A great many Kaurna kinship terms were documented in the 1840s and a few in the early twentieth century, though many of these were under-defined and poorly described. Comparative linguistics has assisted in making sense of the historical record, though many uncertainties remain.

To cite this article: Amery, Rob and Buckskin, Vincent Kanya. A comparison of traditional Kaurna kinship patterns with those used in contemporary Nunga English [online]. Australian Aboriginal Studies, No. 1, 2012: 49-62. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=407120031225422;res=IELIND> ISSN: 0729-4352. [cited 27 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Amery, Rob; Buckskin, Vincent Kanya; Source: Australian Aboriginal Studies, No. 1, 2012: 49-62 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0729-4352 Subject: Kaurna (Australian people); Aboriginal Australians--Languages; English language--Acquisition; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Linguistics, School of Humanities, The University of AdelaideSenior Lecturer in Linguistics and Head of Discipline, University of Adelaide, and Convener, Kaurna Warra Pintyandi, email: rob.amery@adelaide.edu.au
(2) Kaurna Language Projects, Kaurna Warra Pintyandi, University of Adelaide

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